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Sarah Allen Crime

Sarah is well-known as a fierce and passionate defence advocate who works with determination to secure results for her clients. She has an established practice in defending grave and complex cases on her own and with leading counsel. Recent instructions have involved allegations of serious sexual offences, drugs (including importation and wide scale supply), violence, firearms offences, fraud and road traffic offences.
Recent cases include  acting alone in mortgage fraud conspiracy involving professionals and allegations of police incompetence, led junior in a multi-million pound prime bank instrument fraud,  defending  in the 2011 Birmingham Riots trials, a large-scale car-ringing conspiracy involving over 15 defendants, a number of cocaine importation conspiracies and historical sex abuse matters, involving the use of intermediaries.
Sarah also has extensive knowledge of dealing with civil asset recovery and confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and has dealt with large and complex cases with multi-million pound orders, hidden assets and dealing with international letters of request.
She has successfully challenged a number of sentences and convictions in the Court of Appeal and is  as confident committing her argument to writing as she is making them in person. She has an excellent knowledge of common aspects of criminal practice including DNA, psychological and cell-site evidence and is very capable mastering subject matter rapidly in order to challenge expert evidence. She also has experience of gait recognition expert evidence and facial mapping.
In addition to her busy Crown Court work, Sarah has a wealth of experience in all aspects of motoring law where she regularly appears in Magistrates’ Courts and Crown courts throughout the country. She is instructed on behalf of some of the country’s leading insurers and specialist motoring solicitors. She has represented well-known figures in the media world and also business leaders and is well regarded in this area of law.
As well as her criminal practice Sarah is also instructed on professional disciplinary matters, having appeared on behalf of Teachers, Head Teachers, Nurses and Social Workers.
Sarah is also a grade 3 prosecutor, although regularly accepted instructions for cases far beyond that level. 
Sarah also speaks fluent Spanish.

BA Hons
Bessemer Clark Scholarship Award – Grays Inn
Lord Justice Holker Scholarship Award – Grays Inn


Grays Inn
Criminal Bar Association
Midland Circuit


R v Yorkshire & Others [2012] 
Acted as led defence junior to Adrian Keeling QC.  The case was the largest ever fraud investigated by the Norfolk Economic Crime Unit.  Involved widespread confidence frauds in Germany, USA and UK relating to high yield asset enhancement programmes.  Involved the assimilation of thousands of pages of banking evidence, including a wealth of material provided by the northern Cypriot police under a voluntary, informal arrangement.  Total benefit in the region of £40m.  Confiscation proceedings ongoing.
R v Vijayaruban [2012]
Successfully defended a sri-lankan national accused of a series of serious sexual offences. The case involved making and proving collusion between the witnesses and the police and made the national news.
R v W [2012]
Successfully defended a 16 year old boy accused of a serious inter-familial sexual offence. The case involved making a number of PII and third party disclosure applications. The Crown’s case collapsed following cross-examination of the complainant.

R v Gangar and White (Nottingham Crown Court, Langstaff J)
Led defence junior to Rex Tedd QC involving a £60 million confiscation hearing, under POCA provisions. The case followed a 9-month trial in Birmingham Crown Court and involved celebrities and sports personalities giving evidence regarding the Ponsi fraud. The case also had FBI involvement in the United States of America.

R v Pritchett (Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Led prosecution junior on successful £10million confiscation hearing. Case required extensive knowledge of hidden assets and tracing. The case followed the successful prosecution of the defendant for the running of ‘Cuddles’ brothel in Birmingham.